LSU head coach Les Miles is never one to mince words, and while his appearance in front of the main ballroom at SEC Media Days left a lot to be desired, his performance in the radio/internet room was nothing short of legendary.
The Mad Hatter—who has been the most vocal critic of the SEC's scheduling practices—went off on permanent cross-division rivalries and the trend of his program routinely getting tough rotating opponents out of the East.
"If you were running your conference, the first thing you have to do is pick a champion," he said. "Certainly, if you can't play all of the teams in one year, then you would have to rotate through so that everybody in the conference then would play. The decisions would fall in an annual rotation that would allow fairness. To me, if it was my conference, that would be as falling off a log."
What's the problem with scheduling?
"You have traditions at play. You have self-serving folks. It's a responsibility of the conference that's above my pay grade. I can talk, but let me tell you what I'm going to do, I'm looking forward to playing a great schedule and I got a great team."
How much does he want to harp on scheduling? Not much, if you ask him.
"Listen to me, it's only ever going to be a hot topic if you guys think it's a hot topic. You guys think I'm going to push this? Let me tell you something, I'm going to football so fast that it's going to make your head spin. I could give a whip. I can't wait to play the next team. It's TCU. I am going to turn my eyes very comfortable to that."
But it isn't just the responsibility of the folks above Miles' pay grade at the SEC office. It's our responsibility to find a responsible and appropriate solution.
"Hopefully there will be some people in here that have strength and stand up in the crowd and say THIS ISN'T RIGHT! LET'S DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY! That's going to be YOUR JOB, not mine."
That was the end of Miles' short meeting here, so solutions weren't presented. One compromise would be to keep Alabama vs. Tennessee and Auburn vs. Georgia as the only two permanent cross-divsion rivalries and rotate the rest of the conference around those two traditional matchups.
Would that appease the Mad Hatter? We'll see.
Miles never disappoints, and Thursday at SEC Media Days was no exception.
*Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.
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